We were at one of our regular home-ed meet ups at a local arts centre recently when a friend casually asked if we’d be interested in rehoming a one-eyed cockerel… as you do!
We’d already been having conversations about getting some fertilised eggs from a local chap who has such things as we’ve almost always got a broody hen at the moment so we gave it a moment’s thought, asked a couple of questions about keeping a cockerel with hens and then said ‘Yes!’
He was desperately in need of a new home after close neighbours of his current custodian had objected to his crowing and as we have *no* neighbours within a cockerels crow we seemed to be the perfect candidates. We arranged to collect him on Saturday…
Meet Odin, the one-eyed cockerel
He’s a very handsome chap indeed! He’s showing you his ‘good’ eye here… his other eye has no pupil and it’s quite enchanting to watch him turn his head to see what treats you may have… and of course to keep an eye on his new clutch of ladies!
He seems to like them. And, thankfully, they are quite happy with him too 😉
He crows pretty regularly and has a fine pair of lungs (assuming birds do in fact have two lungs? Now there’s a home-ed lesson in the making 😉 ) but luckily the hen house is far away enough from our house that we’re not getting woken at the crack of dawn. It’s the cows in the field on the other side of the house that currently wake me up at around 5:30am each morning – who knew a ‘moo’ could be so loud??!!
We are now researching the ins-and-outs of hatching our own fertilised eggs… I will keep you posted!